Wednesday, April 17, 2013

State of Play (2009)

dir. Kevin Macdonald

A thief is chased by an assassin – M Street at Wisconsin Avenue NW, Washington, DC

The thief’s body is found – Second Aqueduct Bridge, Water Street NW, Washington, DC. Whitehurst Freeway is seen in the background.

Sonia Baker’s (Maria Thayer) apartment – 1825 Vernon Street NW, Washington, DC

Sonia goes to work – 18th Street at Columbia Avenue NW, Washington, DC.

The Metro station – Rosslyn Station, 1850 N. Moore Street, Arlington, Virginia. The station was chosen because it suited the filmmakers’ needs. It’s actually miles away from Adams Morgan where Sonia lived. The closest Metro station there is Woodley Park-National Zoo-Adams Morgan.

Cal McAffrey’s (Russell Crowe) apartment building – 3221 Mount Pleasant Street NW, Washington, DC

Cal’s briefcase is stolen by a junkie girl – Ben’s Chili Bowl, 1213 U Street NW, Washington, DC.

The junkie girl’s hideout – Georgetown Embankment, Washington, DC.

The Washington Globe office – 1120 Connecticut Avenue, NW, Washington, DC. This is the L Street side of the building.

Della Frye (Rachel McAdams) visits the shooting survivor in the hospital – Department of Housing and Urban Development, 451 7th Street SW, Washington, DC.

The PointCorp office – Watergate Complex, Virginia Avenue at New Hampshire Avenue NW, Washington, DC.

Cal meets with a PointCorp employee – Maine Avenue Fish Market, Maine Avenue SW, Washington, DC

Cal asks his friend Congressman Stephen Collins (Ben Affleck) about PointCorp – Andrew W. Mellon Auditorium, 1301 Constitution Avenue NW, Washington, DC

Della tells Cal about Sonia’s roommate – Manulife Plaza, 515 S. Figueroa Street, Los Angeles, California

The assassin’s apartment building – 490 M Street SW, Washington DC

Collins talks to Sen. George Fergus (Jeff Daniels) – Ariel Rios Building, 1200 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, Washington, DC. This is the 12th Street side.

Cal meets with Dominic Foy (Jason Bateman) – Daily Grill, 612 S. Flower Street, Los Angeles, California

The hotel where Cal and Della videotape Dominic’s confession – Americana Hotel, 1400 Jefferson Davis Highway, Arlington, Virginia

Cal confronts Sen. Fergus – John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, 2700 F Street NW, Washington, DC

Collins goes back to his office - Andrew W. Mellon Auditorium, 1301 Constitution Avenue NW, Washington DC

The final shootout – City Hall East, 200 N. Main Street, Los Angeles, California. This is the Los Angeles Street side.

See also...

All the President's Men

The Pelican Brief

1 comment:

  1. I agree with you comment from your Top 10 Movies Filmed in Washington, DC post

    that this is "flawed" film. The source material, the original British 6 part, 5 hour mini series from 2003 made it a thankless task to try and squeeze it all into 2 hours. Brad Pitt was originally interested in playing Cal McAffrey but decided against it as he felt it was impossible to do justice to the original. I think he was right.

    But I have a question. The initial scenes show Deshaun Stagg running from Wisconsin Avenue to where he was shot on Water Street under the Key Bridge. Along the way he briefly passes a large white columned building (1:25 in the film) which is obviously not in Georgetown.

    Do you know the building? It annoys the hell out of me every time I watch this film. Both because it's there and because I don't know where it is!